Silverwood Lake's Mesa Campground

San Bernardino County

Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area
Attractions and Activities

Campers at Mesa Campground at Silverwood Lake enjoy both activities on the lake and in the surrounding countryside.

  • Set out on hiking trails, including the Pacific Crest Trail.
  • Cool off at one of the swimming beaches.
  • Enjoy great boating, waterskiing, and fishing.
  • Take advantage of the Silverwood Lake Marina with boat rentals and launch ramp.
  • Find a variety of picnic areas, including some boat-in picnic areas.

Key Silverwood Lake Campground Regulations

  1. No Tents are allowed on the grass area.
  2. Generators may only be operated from 10 AM to 8 PM.

Mesa Campground at Silverwood Lake

Mesa Campground is in the Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area, northeast of Los Angeles. The campground offers campsites along the south shore of the lake. All sites are for tents, RVs or trailers. Sites #104-136 have full hook-ups. Sites #1-65 are closed from October through April.

Besides the main campground, Silverwood Lake has Group Campgrounds at Miller Canyon, Barranca, Rio, and Valley. A Horse Camp is part of the Rio Group Campground.

The Pacific Crest Trail passes along the north shore of Silverwood Lake. Long distance hikers on the trail often stop at the one of the 7 Hike & Bike sites near Mesa Campground. The sites are less than a mile from the trail.

Campground Basics
Mesa Campground Location: 28 miles north of San Bernardino via Highway 138
Elevation: 6,500 feet
Mileage/Driving Time: From San Bernardino - 28 miles, 45 minutes
Number of Sites: 136
Open - Closed: Open year-round
Max. People per Site: 8 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 2-3 (basic campground fee covers 1 vehicle plus one towed vehicle)
Pets: On leash, always attended
Information: (760) 389-2281

Reservations: For campsites 1-65, reservations are available May 1 - September 30. Those sites are closed when not on reservations.
For campsites 66-136, reservations are available year-round.
Reservations Window: Reservations can be made up to 6 months in advance of arrival date.
Maximum RV/Trailer Length: 30 feet, 24 feet
Wheelchair Accessible Sites: #1, 26, 31, 49, 66, 77, 80, 98, 99, 115, 117, 128
Online Reservations at ReserveCalifornia: Silverwood Lake SRA Reservations
or call (800) 444-PARK (7275) between 8 AM and 6 PM
Fees: $45 for standard site
$50 for site with hook-ups
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, Noon

Mesa Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, food locker, fire ring
Campground: restrooms with flush toilets, tap water, amphitheater
Showers: Yes
Dump station: Yes
Campground map: Mesa Campground Map
Nearby facilities: Nature Center
Attractions near Mesa Campground: At Silverwood Lake enjoy swimming, boating, fishing, waterskiing, hiking, nature trail, bicycle riding, and golf.

ReserveCalifornia Reservations Tips

California State Parks' new reservation system - ReserveCalifornia - now allows campers "to make reservations 6 months to the day in advance of their arrival date." For example, on January 1 reservations can be made for stays beginning on July 1. In the past, reservations were released in one-month blocks. Now it is day by day. For months with fewer days than the month 6 months away, reservations for the remaining days will be released in a small cluster on the first of the next month. For example, on March 1 (because February is a short month) you can make reservations for stays beginning August 29-31. Read details at ReserveCalifornia.

Silverwood Lake Group Campgrounds

Barranca and Valley Group Camps

9-100 people at each site, a maximum of 30 vehicles in each group tent-only site west of the lake.
Fees: $325 per night

Rio Group Tent and Horse Camp

9-100 people, a maximum of 30 vehicles in a group tent site west of the lake. May also be reserved by campers with horses - 12 corrals and a maximum of 24 horses allowed. Horse manure must be removed from the campsite. A $25.00 cleaning deposit is required at check-in. There is an additional fee of $1.00 per horse.
Fees: $325 per night

Miller Canyon Group Camp

Miller Canyon is located along the east end of the lake. Three group tent sites, each accommodates from 9 to 40 people and 32 vehicles.
Fees: $150 per night

Reservations: Group Site Reservations

Silverwood Lake Hike & Bike Campsite

Hike & Bike sites are first come, first served primitive campsites for people who either walk or pedal to the campground. Fees are usually $5 per person, per night. Long distance hikers on the Pacific Crest Trail appreciate the opportunity to shower.

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